Sunday, December 23, 2007

MOE arrives

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I have taken delivery of MOE, she is a rather intersting Mk1 saloon, not too sure what the red is apart from it's a rootes colour, I think it's Pippin red, but my knowledge of rootes paint is very limited.

She has been lying in state since 1983 in what has been a dry garage, the handbrake was still free, after all this time thanks to the previous owner. Condition wise, the body is in excellent rust free condition, the paintwork has taken a knock or two but fairly minimal especially if I can match it up for a touchup tin.

The chrome work hasn't faired quite so well, although for everyday use it is most acceptable. The vinyl roof should come up well with a scrub and a hour or two with a boot polish brush.

As far as mechanics are concerned she is a bit of an unknown quantity, standing for near 25 years has bound to have taken some toll. It seems that the crank oil seal may have failed as there was a significant oil slick on the garage floor, but in real terms if it dropped just one drop per month that equates to 300 drops so it must mount up!

I have arranged for it to have the engine, brakes and tranmission to be checked out, also power steering to be fitted.
A brief history
Purchased in 1964, worked hard as reps car, 1971 completely rotton a new shell was purchased for the grand sum of £305 minus 7.5% discount. 1976 engine and other items taken from a less than 12 month old 2.5TC write off and fitted. Used regularly until 1983.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

NEC 2007 Classic Car show

Well a little late reporting, but the NEC show went down a storm, confounding those who think that the classic car movement is in decline (me for one!)

As with the other cars on the stand the courier was very popular, mainly in this case because of it's rarity. I must say it did polish up well, the addition work painting the wheels up well rewarded by how smart it looked. Alan Chatterton's beautiful 2.5s estate certain brightening up the stand with it coat of Inca yellow.

Unfortunately my aging digital camera, is not up to indoor shots, but the photo is the best I have.